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Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.
For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.
This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.
I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.
This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.
One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.
Mdd has taken away a lot of opportunities from me. i was pursuing engineering but i got so lost in my head and my grades started slipping and i did not even care, all i was interested in was my dreams , they made me feel so alive i did not want to…Continue
Almost five years ago I became entrenched in Maladaptive Daydreaming. I was in deep denial of how badly my degree had been going for the five years previous to that and I took refuge somewhere no one else could go. It ate up days, weeks and months…Continue
Has anybody ever wanted a relationship, wanted to find that right someone, and expected to bringthat person into your world, only to meet someone who just got angry or confused when they actually caught you daydreaming.For example, I met a person…Continue
so first off, i was here some time ago, but got frightened and left, but findng my account still active, and thoughts that want discussing... so have returnedthe questioning im thinking on now, is that over bits of time i have had different…Continue
I've honestly only just found out about Maladaptive Daydreaming...never knew it was an actual thing. This is my first time speaking about this with anyone. I'm not quite sure when it started..perhaps in my freshman or sophomore year of high school?…Continue
Sometimes I do get with reality, but my daydreams are still there, not matter how much I wake up. Even if I pretend that I'm here and listening, the person will smell something fishy, even though I think that I've concealed it. They'll still stare…Continue
Day 1 - I've been Maladaptive Daydreaming for over four years now, and I know that it's time to stop. I've recently been able to improve my life, but am facing some obstacles right now and want to clear my mind and focus on improvement. Today I…Continue
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This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.
Out of My Mind…Continue